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Listing # 30709048  |  $2,085,000.00

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31 Bridle Path . , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

As you approach Aberfoyle Creek Estates, you appreciate its close proximity to to the city. This incredible custom ... Get More Info

Listing # 30708199  |  $874,900.00

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43 Muir Crescent , Alma, Ontario, Canada

What A Gem! Impeccably maintained home both inside and outside situated on a mature treed 1.2 acre lot. From the moment ... Get More Info

Listing # X4345656  |  $529,000.00

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90 TODD CRES , Southgate, Ontario, Canada

Welcome To 90 Todd Crescent, This Brand New 1910 Sq.Ft. Detached 4 Bed, 3 Bath White Pine Model In The White Rose Park ... Get More Info

Listing # 30706641  |  $529,000.00

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90 Todd Crescent , Dundalk, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 90 Todd Crescent, this brand new 1910 sq ft detached 4 bed 3 bath White Pine Model in the White Rose Park ... Get More Info

Listing # 30707610  |  $489,900.00

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405 - 106 Bard Boulevard , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Meticulously maintained, fourth floor two bedroom condominium in the south end of Guelph with TWO underground PARKING ... Get More Info

Listing # 30707470  |  $1,200,000.00

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Lot 2 - 42 Bedford Road , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Want new construction but don't want to wait? Come and have a look at this brand new residence! Featuring a main floor ... Get More Info

Listing # 30706184  |  $325,000.00

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346 Scottsdale Drive , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Attention Investors! Looking for a great location in Guelph? Close to the University, the major mall and shopping? ... Get More Info

Listing # X4336256  |  $354,900.00

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1430 8TH AVE E , Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
Owen Sound

Must See!! Come See This Beautiful Bungalow Completely Refinished From Top To Bottom, Complete With New Electrical And ... Get More Info

Listing # 30706421  |  $354,900.00

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1430 8TH Avenue E , Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

MUST SEE!! Come see this beautiful bungalow COMPLETELY REFINISHED from top to bottom, complete with new electrical and ... Get More Info

Listing # 30705033  |  $669,900.00

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124 Harris Crescent , Southgate, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to 124 Harris Crescent! Prepare to fall in love with this built to perfection custom bungalow minutes from Mount... Get More Info

Listing # 30685116  |  $2,999,000.00

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7345 Concession 1 Road , Puslinch, Ontario, Canada

WELCOME TO LONG LANE FARM! Well recognized in the competitive horse industry for decades, this property has been home to... Get More Info

Listing # X4324638  |  $365,000.00

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12 PUGSLEY RD , Whitestone, Ontario, Canada

Great Opportunity To Buy Two Properties For The Price Of One! The Lots Are Located At The End Of A Year-Round Access ... Get More Info

Listing # X4323549  |  $1,700,000.00

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5826 FIRST LINE , Erin, Ontario, Canada

If You Have A Big Family, Want Privacy, Yet Be Close Various Communities Then This Is The ""Needle In A Haystack"" That ... Get More Info

Listing # 30703385  |  $1,700,000.00

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5826 First Line , Erin, Ontario, Canada

If you have a big family, want privacy, yet be close various communities (20 min to Guelph or Acton, 30 to Milton, 50 to... Get More Info

Listing # X4320865  |  $799,900.00

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364 WOOLWICH ST , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Exhibition Park

Unqiue 2 1/2 Story Red Brick Building Located At The Edge Of Downtown On Woolwich Street In Guelph. The Zoning Allows ... Get More Info

Listing # 30702772  |  $799,900.00

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364 Woolwich Street , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Unique 2 1/2 story red brick building located at the edge of Downtown on Woolwich Street in Guelph. The zoning allows ... Get More Info

Listing # X4320165  |  $295,000.00

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#207 -7 CITYVIEW DR S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Grange Hill East

What A Wonderful Opportunity To Get Into Home Ownership In This New Mixed Use Building. Easy Access To Bus Route. A ... Get More Info

Listing # 30702543  |  $295,000.00

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207 - 7 Cityview Drive S , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A new home in a Stacked Townhouse Condominium Development. Amazing view of the park lands across the road from your very... Get More Info

Listing # 30701120  |  $365,000.00

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12 Pugsley Road , Dunchurch, Ontario, Canada

Great opportunity to buy two properties for the price of one! The lots are located at the end of a year-round access ... Get More Info

Listing # 30697840  |  $274,900.00

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707 - 19 WOODLAWN Road E , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Downsize, travel and enjoy life! This two bedroom, one bath condo apartment offers carefree living in the north end of ... Get More Info

Listing # 30691422  |  $1,950,000.00

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5657 Wellington Rd 7 . , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Your Country Escape Just Minutes From The City! Beyond the beautiful iron entry gates lies a fabulous 3971 sq ft century... Get More Info

Listing # X4269004  |  $8,900,000.00

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385 CONCESSION 11 , Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

One Of A Kind Opportunity! Rarely Does An Opportunity Of This Magnitude Become Available. We Present To You 531 Acres Of... Get More Info

Listing # 30691185  |  $8,900,000.00

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385 Concession 11 Road E , Freelton, Ontario, Canada

One of a kind opportunity! Rarely does an opportunity of this magnitude become available. We present to you 531 acres of... Get More Info

Listing # 30674101  |  $2,999,999.00

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4933 Wellington Road 44 . , Guelph/Eramosa, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to Country Paradise! This exquisite 48.5 acre property is one you will not want to miss. With a 72x60ft ... Get More Info


Finding the perfect neighbourhood

Choosing the right neighbourhood is an important part of finding a home. If you love the house but hate the neighbours, or have the perfect kitchen but have an agonizing two-hour commute, you’re never going to feel completely comfortable living there.

Your best bet is to figure out if your neighbourhood is a good fit with your family before you start looking for a home there (or certainly before you put in an offer). Spend some time there; take a walk through the streets, visit local shops and restaurants, and pick up a community paper to get a sense of the area’s personality.

Here are few questions that can help you figure out if a neighbourhood is right for you:

What does the area look like? Do homes look cared for? Even in moderately-priced areas, pride of ownership helps keep property values up. Keep an eye out for signs of neglect like overgrown laws, houses in need of paint and vacant lots (which can be zoned for commercial use, or end up getting used as dumps). On the other hand, if an area has a lot of neglected-looking homes but you notice that a number look like they’ve been recently renovated, that may be a sign that the neighborhood is becoming gentrified; buying a home there and fixing it up can be a good long-term investment.

What types of people live there? Families? Retirees? First-time homeowners? Professionals with no kids? An area populated mainly by young families, for example, will feel very different from one with lots of college and university students.

How convenient is it? Figure out how far you’ll have to travel to do everyday stuff like grocery shopping. Where’s the closest gym? Dry cleaner? Post office? What about parks and recreational facilities? Being close to amenities isn’t important to everyone, but it’s a real day-to-day time saver, and can make the difference in the feel of a neighborhood; a place where people walk to the store and the library has a very different flavor than an area where people have to drive everywhere they need to go.

Is it a safe place to live? Vandalism and deterrents like “Beware of dog” signs or bars on windows can mean there’s a high crime rate in the area. Keep an eye out for graffiti, too – it could be a sign of gang activity. Check with local police for info about crimes in the area; they’ll also be able to tell you about how active area residents are in terms of crime prevention and community policing.

Are there schools nearby? If you have kids, proximity and quality of schools is a major consideration. Talk with people who live in the area, and call local schools or check online to get test scores and ratings. Figure out exactly where schools are located to see if your kids can walk or if they’ll have to be driven or bussed.

How long will it take to get to work? Do a dry run of your commute in rush hour. Figure out how often buses run past your house or how far you are from a major highway. If you need access to the airport, is it easy to get there by car, bus or taxi?

What are the property values like? Your home is an investment, so it pays to buy in an area where properties will increase in value. Ask your REALTOR® for info on property values in the area for the last 10 years so you can get a sense of how much they have gone up over time.

What’s in store for the area? Development can change the personality of a neighborhood, and increase taxes and traffic. Look for new construction in the area and check with city hall or the local chamber of commerce for planned housing developments, new facilities, new retailers, etc.

Is it quiet or noisy? Visit the area at different times of day to get a sense of the noise level. A quiet street may be party central once the sun goes down, and an area near a highway may be fine at most times, but noisy at rush hour. Listen for barking dogs, traffic noise, overhead planes, and loud music.

Finding a neighborhood you like is just as important as living in a home you love. Good neighbors, great amenities, nice schools and cool shops can make or break how you feel about your house or condo. So talk to a REALTOR® who specializes in the area you’re interested in, do your research, and you should be able to find a community that fits your needs and your lifestyle.

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